Cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower cheese

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Pop this classic side dish in the oven when you take your roast chicken out to rest, so there's no hot shelf juggling

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
250
protein
13g
carbs
16g
fat
15g
saturates
9g
fibre
3g
sugar
8g
salt
0.62g
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Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces
  • 500ml milk
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 50g butter
  • 100g strong cheddar, grated
  • 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs, if you have them

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Method

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for 5 mins – lift out a piece to test, it should be cooked. Drain the cauliflower, then tip into an ovenproof dish.
  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7. Put the saucepan back on the heat and add the milk, flour and butter. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for 2 mins while the sauce bubbles and becomes nice and thick. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower. Scatter over the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
  3. When the chicken comes out of the oven (see 'Goes well with' recipe), pop in the Cauliflower cheese and bake for 20 mins until bubbling.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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J.D.Coychurch's picture

I have made this several times now and it allways gets a " thumbs up" from the wife
I tend to boil the cauliflower for 8mins and add a little extra salt, also I add a little Blue stilton
We like it with baked gammon and baby new potatoes

CookDoc's picture

Maybe a bit excessive on the amount of sauce. But better to have too much than not enough - and if like me - you don't use it all - you can freeze it. It came out really well though, thank you.

spamcollie's picture
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I have used this recipe twice now and really like it! I like that it is extra saucy. I add in extra cheese and salt to make sure it is extra tasty but overall it is the perfect accompaniment to my Lamb roast. Boyfriend loves it and he doesn't even like cauliflower!! Breadcrumbs are a nice addition. ENJOY!

Sylviemc's picture

So much sauce, use 2 cauliflowers not one

shauneen's picture
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Love this recipe. I usually add a bit of mustard and nutmeg. I also use it without the cheese as my béchamel for lasagne.

jburton's picture

Made this many times now and its lovely. I don't boil my cauli i break up the florets and put them in the microwave with about a tablespoon of water cover with cling film and cook on highh for 4 mins in a single layer, so it may need to be done in two lots . I find this way it doesn't clog up with water, I use a very strong cheese often adding stilton as-well, 1 tsp of dry english mustard and I use 5 tablespoons of flour instead of the stated 4. Gorgeous.

LittlePipper's picture

Love it just cooked it this afternoon for our roast was so tasty!!

PAClarke's picture
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This recipe is now a weekly favourite in our house! Simple, tasty and economical. Our nine month old daughter loves it, eating alternately from a floret in each hand!

shantal's picture
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I made this for my grandma's card-playing group and it went down a storm! So easy and quick to make, and really delicious! Re the white sauce, I used a mixture of cheddar and stilton and added wholegrain mustard for extra seasoning. Would thoroughly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a simple, yet impressive, dish!

shantal's picture
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I made this for my grandma's card-playing group and it went down a storm! So easy and quick to make! I used a mixture of cheddar and stilton, and added some wholegrain mustard for extra seasoning! Would thoroughly recommend this for anyone looking for a simple yet impressive dish! :D

Chinky42's picture

So easy to make & tastes delicious ....I added a tablespoon of English mustard & sprinkled chilli flakes at the end. I cooked the cauliflower for longer as recommended by others on her ( 10 mins) could not believe how easy the sauce was to make. Will now be a firm favourite in our household with gammon steaks & new potato's

foodie89's picture
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Lovely recipe, i added some ground nutmeg and mustard to it aswell, which went amazingly with pork, sauce was also spot on in consistancy and no lumps :)

fayesiedaisy's picture
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Best cauliflower cheese ever and so brilliantly simple!

Happy feet's picture

I found the dish easy to make. I added a generous teaspoon of Dijon mustard and sprinkled Parmesan and nutmeg along with the breadcrumbs.

owenbartley1's picture
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Excellent dish

kmccreesh's picture
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Wow I'll never fuss around making a roux again - this sauce was a breeze to make and perfect consistency! I agree that a bit more flavour might be needed than the basic sauce recipe - I went with a spoon of dijon mustard, seasoning and a good strong mature cheddar and the dish went down very well indeed.

Flirtyfabgirl's picture

Beautiful, i added salt, pepper and 1 tsp of nutmeg to the sauce! Tasted delicious, def cook the cauli for about 10 min rather thean 5 and leave to drain a good 15 min also.
Wont let me rate it but give it 5 star :)

cookerycook's picture

I used goats cheddar from waitrose, very nice recipe!

strangeworld57's picture
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Easy to make and tastes amazing

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